The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is featuring Butler’s Freisner Herbarium Digital Collection on its web site. Staff of the Freisner Herbarium have partnered with Butler Libraries and IUPUI’s Center for Digital Scholarship to photograph, digitize, and add searchable descriptors to nearly half of the herbarium’s 46,000 specimens of plants native to Indiana.
The Freisner Herbarium Digital Collection makes this unique collection available to researchers the world over. According to the IMLS profile of the collection, “[c]ompared to the herbarium’s fewer than a dozen in-person visits per year, traffic to the digital collection has exceeded 7,000 visits a month.”
The digitization project has received grants from the Indiana State Library with funding from the IMLS Grants to States program. The Freisner Herbarium Digital Collection is also included in Indiana Memory, the Indiana digital library.
For more information about the Freisner Herbarium digital collection, visit the web site at www.butler.edu/herbarium.
The Butler Libraries website is now available in a scaled-down mobile-friendly version!
As Butler University has upgraded its mobile, app-based site, the libraries have joined them. Try us now at http://m.butler.edu/Library or use the Butler site, http://m.butler.edu/ and tap “Library.”
Are you working on a reserch project or paper?
We have a new search engine to make your life easier!
Come to Irwin library (IL 119) tonight (Thursday October 27th and Thursday November 3rd) at 7 pm. for an infosession about Primo our new search engine design to make your searching process way easier than it used to be!
From a recent USGS Announcement:
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project (HQSP) is in the process of releasing all editions and all scales of more than 200,000 historic topographic maps of the United States dating from 1884-2006.
For more than 130 years, the USGS topographic mapping program has accurately portrayed the complex geography of our Nation. The historical topographic map collection contains all editions and all scales of USGS topographic quadrangles. Files are high resolution (600 DPI) scanned images of all maps from the USGS legacy collection.
The historical topographic map collection includes all States and U.S. territories mapped by the USGS. The HQSP creates a master catalogue and digital archive for all topographic maps and provides easy access to the public to download this historical data to accompany topographic maps that are no longer available for distribution as lithographic prints.
Historical maps are available to the public at no cost in GeoPDF format from the USGS Store. These maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.
Future plans include providing the historical maps in GeoPDF andGeoTIFF formats through The National Map in the fall of 2011. The GeoTIFFs can be imported into a Geographic Information System and overlain with other data sources.
See Also: More Info About the Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project
See Also: Video of the HQSP Presentation Given at The National Map Users Conference in May